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Should You Bring Your New Partner To Thanksgiving Dinner?

Dating comes with a lot of mini dilemmas, especially when you're in a new relationship. One such dilemma is trying to figure out if you should bring your new partner to Thanksgiving dinner. Is it too soon to introduce them to your family? Should they have Thanksgiving with their own family instead of yours? These are tough decisions to make! To help you get some perspective check out our thoughts on whether or not you should bring your new partner to Thanksgiving dinner:

If you're trying to decide whether or not to bring your new partner to Thanksgiving dinner, the first thing you should consider is how long you have been with them. How new is this relationship? If you've been dating this person less than a month, you probably shouldn't bring them to Thanksgiving dinner. The relationship is still in its earliest stages and who knows if it will actually last. Do you really want to have this person meet your whole family only to break up with them a month later? When Thanksgiving rolls around next year, your family will be asking, “Whatever happened to that girl/guy you were with last year?” This is just an awkward moment you want to avoid. Not to mention family photos! You don't want a super short-term partner in your family's photo albums for eternity, do you?

So what do you do for Thanksgiving if you've been dating someone for only a few weeks? You go your separate ways. Let them have Thanksgiving with their family. You have Thanksgiving with yours. Since the two of you aren't really serious yet, this makes the most sense. You haven't reached the “meeting the family” phase. The only exception is if your new partner is estranged from their family or if their family lives too far away and they are unable to travel. If this is the case for your partner, go ahead and bring them to your family's Thanksgiving. At the end of the day, these holidays are supposed to be about coming together and enjoying one another's company. Even if your partner is relatively new, your family will likely welcome them with open arms!

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